A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on conversation, creation, force, history, and nations

There is a moment in the history of every nation, when . . . the perceptive powers reach their ripeness and have not yet become microscopic: so that man, at that instant . . . with his feet still planted on the immense forces of night, converses by his eyes and brain with solar and stellar creation.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on inventions, liberty, and nations

We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we had ever invented - human liberty.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on devil, history, interest, nations, privacy, purpose, war, weakness, and world

And always we had wars, and more wars, and still other wars - all over Europe, all over the world. "Sometimes in the private interest of royal families," Satan said, "sometimes to crush a weak nation; but never a war started by the aggressor for any clean purpose - there is no such war in the history of the race.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: The Mysterious Stranger

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A Quote by Marian Anderson on nations and people

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.

Marian Anderson (1897 - 1993)

Source: on CBS TV, December 30, 1957

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A Quote by M. L. Gothein on garden, life, love, nations, nature, and poetry

To Nature the dweller in the Nile valley linked all that was dear to him: his happiest fetes, poetry, and love - all were bound up with the garden and its products, especially flowers. Few Oriental nations can think of a festival without flowers, but nowhere are they so completely a part of human life, and so essential, as in [Ancient] Egypt.

M. L. Gothein

Source: A History of Garden Art, 1928

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A Quote by Lyndon Baines Johnson on citizenship, discovery, fighting, nations, and taxes

In 1790, the nation which had fought taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren't much happier about taxation with representation.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1808 - 1973)

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A Quote by Lyndon Baines Johnson on chance, generations, labor, life, meaning, nations, and society

This nation, this generation, in this hour has man's first chance to build a Great Society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1808 - 1973)

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A Quote by Louis Nizer on culture, indifference, individuality, nations, people, skill, talent, and unity

Many people with different backgrounds, cultures, languages, and creeds combine to make a nation. But that nation is greater than the sum total of the individual skills and talents of its people. Something more grows out of their unity than can be calculated by adding the assets of individual contributions. That intangible additional quantity is often due to the differences which make the texture of the nation rich. Therefore, we must never wipe out or deride the differences amongst us-for where there is no difference, there is only indifference.

Louis Nizer (1902 - 1994)

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A Quote by Louis Pasteur on country, humanity, intelligence, knowledge, nations, science, thought, and world

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

Louis Pasteur (1822 - 1895)

Source: René Dubos, Pasteur and Modern Science, Doubleday, Garden City, NY, 1960, p. 145.

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on history, nations, and study

The history of nations, in the sense in which I use the word, is often best studied in works not professedly historical.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Mitford's History of Greece. 1824. (From His Essays.)

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